Air Force to enhance travel orders for deployment

By Master Sgt. Amaani Lyle: Air Force Public Affairs Agency WASHINGTON — In an effort to improve customer support and expedite travel voucher payments, Air Force financial management leaders will mandate standardized use of the Defense Travel System for contingency, exercise and deployment travel, officials said. The change will be mostly transparent to the traveler, […]

Colorado airman receives Purple Heart

By Angie Jackson: Colorado Springs Gazette As Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Badger and his team walked the streets of southern Afghanistan in search of improvised bombs last October, one went off just feet from him. His first instinct was to ignore his concussion and let adrenaline take over to make sure the rest of […]

Honors — June 19

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Silvers Air Force Airman Zachary A. Silvers graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Allan Silvers, and Deana Silvers of Pineway Blvd., both of Clovis. Silvers graduated in 2010 from Clovis Christian School.

Cannon airman to compete at 2011 Air Force Marathon

USAF: Tech. Sgt. Josef Cole U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Swislocki, 27th Special Operations Contracting Squadron, finishes a 5K fun run with a time of 16 minutes, 37 seconds as the sun rises on April 28 at Cannon Air Force Base. Since he has been stationed at Cannon, Swislocki has won nine 5K […]

Change of command ceremony being held at base

CNJ staff The 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon Air Force Base will hold a change of command ceremony 9 a.m. July 8. Col. Albert Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen Clark. Clark took command of Cannon in May 2009. His next assignment is as director of plans, programs, requirements […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Press release: 27th Special Operations Wing at Cannon to Welcome New Commander July 8

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – There will be a change of command ceremony for the 27th Special Operations Wing July 8 at 9 a.m. on the Cannon Air Force Base flightline. Col. Albert M. “Buck” Elton II will assume command of the wing, replacing Col. Stephen A. Clark, whose next assignment is as director […]

Their view: U.S. military force in Libya not needed

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall says the U.S. is headed down a “slippery path” towards escalation of military force.

Honors — June 12

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Montgomery Arden Conrad Montgomery of Portales graduated from Air Force basic training with honors May 20, 2011, at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas. He ranked 19th in the honor graduates out of 60. [image #2, align=left, size= medium] The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force […]

PLAYpass being offered to deployed airmen, families

By Erin Tindell: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — In continuing efforts to build a resilient force, single airmen returning from deployment and families of deployed members can receive special discounts at select Force Support Squadron activities to help airmen and their families ease the pressures and […]

Selective re-enlistment bonus list released

American Forces Press Service RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Enlisted members now have 77 Air Force specialties from which they can receive a selective re-enlistment bonus. Officials said this fiscal year’s program retains a heavy emphasis on retaining airmen with 17 months to six years of service, and made adjustments in the 6 to […]

Patriots confident they have signatures to force special election

CNJ staff The High Plains Patriots don’t have a verified count, but the citizens group believes it will be able to file enough signatures to force a special election on the city’s affordable housing plan. “They’re finally flooding in,” said High Plains Patriots President Kim Runyan on Friday afternoon. “We’re right at the amount we […]

JAG Corps announces law school programs

By 1st Lt. Chris Bailey: 27th SOW Legal Office Applications for the Funded Legal Education Program (FLEP) and Excess Leave Program (ELP) will be accepted from Jan. 1, 2012 through Mar. 1, 2012. Interested officers are encouraged to compete. The number of FLEP and ELP applicants selected in any academic year is based upon the […]

Former Cannon Air Force Base airmen promoted

Freedom New Mexico Two officers formerly assigned to Cannon Air Force Base have been promoted or given new assignments. Col. Michael T. Plehn, has been selected for a promotion to general and has been assigned to serve as deputy director of theater plans and synchronization element at CENTCOM. Currently the commander of the 1st Special […]

Aircraft put servicemen at risk

In a complaint to the Air Force inspector general, a retired officer alleges health officials have known since at least 1994 of Agent Orange contamination aboard C-123 aircraft flown by reserve squadrons for a decade after the Vietnam War, and failed to warn personnel of the health risks. After the Air Force stopped using UC-123K […]

AFSOC: Use Spice, may lose career

Air Force Special Operations Command Public Affairs The Air Force began drug testing airmen on Feb. 22 to determine whether they are using Spice — the street term for a range of designer synthetic-cannabinoid products. The Hurlburt Field and Cannon Air Force Base Drug Demand Reduction offices are in full compliance with the Air Force […]

Housing markets tight near bases

The inability of homebuilders to secure construction loans in this weak economy, combined with major force realignments from Europe and other areas, has created housing shortages for families at many large stateside military bases, the Government Accountability Office reports. The housing squeeze, which impacts at least 19 bases, isn’t going to be relieved anytime soon […]

Taking without consent stealing

Once again I got through another week without feeling the need to attack anyone with physical force. And I survived anyway. Nor did I find it necessary to steal from anyone in order to survive another week. No, really. Is that surprising? It shouldn’t be. Sure, some people were attacked and stolen from, supposedly on […]

Generals of Cannon: Leaders go on to success

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Sharna Johnson Philip Breedlove is vice chief of staff for the Air Force. Roy D. Bridges Jr. became an astronaut. Sarah P. Wells became the top nurse in the Air Force, serving as chief of the Nurse Corps. Kenneth W. North, Jon A. Reynolds and Robinson Risner were prisoners of war in Vietnam. All have […]

Legislator named to task force

PNT staff report Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been appointed to the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez. Roch, the assistant superintendent at Texico Schools, serves on the House Education Committee. The 12-member task force was created through an executive order by Martinez to develop and propose […]